Galley Tom Image 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1939

Galley Tom Image 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1939


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Hednesford, Staffordshire born right half Tom Galley began his football career playing for Cannock Town in 1932 and had been on Notts County’s books during 1933-34 without making their first eleven before signing for First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 1934, making his Football League debut at Sunderland in January 1935, and establishing himself in the Wolves first team the following season.

n 1936-37 Wolves improved to 5th place in the First Division with Galley being employed at inside right, scoring 13 goals, and he was rewarded with 2 England caps on an FA Scandinavian Tour against Norway and Sweden in May 1937, with Galley scoring on his debut in a 6-0 win over Norway.

With Galley established in the right half berth from April 1938, and regularly taking penalties, Wolves continued to improve with two successive League runners up positions in 1938 and 1939 (in the latter campaign Galley was an ever present), and a surprise defeat to Portsmouth in the 1939 FA Cup Final, in which Galley also played, before his career was severely interrupted as peacetime football was abandoned with the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939. During the War, he served in France and Germany with the Royal Artillery, and guested for Aldershot, Leeds and Watford.

He resumed with Wolves after the War and scored 4 goals in two matches against Lovell’s Athletic, including a hat-trick in the return leg at Molineux in January 1946 but having helped Wolves to finish in third place in the League Championship (when they looked set to win it) in the first post war League season (1946-47), he then moved to Grimsby Town in November 1947 after 49 goals in 207 games, although he couldn’t prevent The Mariners being relegated at the end of the season.  He played 33 games for Grimsby scoring twice before moving into non league in the summer of 1949 with Kidderminster Harriers, subsequently finishing his career playing for Clacton Town having joined them as player-coach in May 1950.



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